Car Accident Lawyer Serving Palm City
Palm City is located in Martin County and is a serene city that is well known for its parks, museums, and golfing. It has a population of over 25,000 people, according to a 2020 consensus. A growing urban population leads to a rise in road traffic, especially cars in domestic households.
Car accidents are becoming more and more common due to a range of reasons such as drunk driving, teen driving, recklessness, growing digital distractions, and more. Car accidents can leave victims with personal injuries and extensive property and vehicle damage.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident that was caused by the carelessness and negligence of someone else, you may be able to pursue damages and recover the expenses that will help you obtain proper medical care, repair lost property, and help you start your life from a new page.
The legal team at Frankl Kominsky Injury Lawyers will fight to recover the compensation you deserve. Contact us for a free consultation and case evaluation.Most Common Causes of Car Accidents in Palm City
Car accidents occur due to a range of reasons, and while some cases are rare, there are certain common causes for car accidents including but not limited to the following:
1. Accidents involving Drunk or DUI Drivers
Drunk driving kills almost 10,000 people or more annually in the United States. Drivers who are under the influence have dulled senses and are not likely to notice other vehicles, pedestrians, crossings, turnings, and more until they are in a crash. This is particularly a problem with teenage and underage drivers and those driving at night. Apart from breaking the law, such drivers also endanger the lives of others.
2. Rear-End Collisions
"Rear-end collisions" is simply a term for cars that hit the vehicle in front of them. On jam- packed roads or fast highways, these collisions may cause a chain reaction, and what could have been a minor bump may turn into a fatal car crash. Rear-end collisions are usually the result of drivers going above the speed limit, driving recklessly, driving under the influence, being distracted while driving or tailgating other vehicles.
3. Teen, Young and Inexperienced Drivers
According to the NHTSA, texting while driving increases the risk of a crash by around 23 times. Teen drivers are known to be very distracted and my text, talk on the phone, drive recklessly and break other road regulations that put them and other people on the road at risk. Teen drivers often get involved in crashes during nighttime driving or driving without having a license or proper driving experience.
4. Hit and Run accidents
Hit and run accidents occur when the party at-fault drives away from the scene of the accident. In some cases, they may not even be aware that an accident has occurred until they stop and examine their vehicle. Hit and run accidents are sometimes fatal, while some only result in minor scrapes. Such cases can also be very tricky because it is nearly impossible to hunt down the party at-fault. Surveillance footage and witness statements may be necessary to help.
5. Passengers of ride share services like Lyft and Uber
While ride sharing services have become popular because of the ease they present for many people, they can also be risky. Passengers may get involved in a car accident and sustain injuries because of rideshare drivers who were under the influence, speeding, taking shortcuts, driving on the wrong side of the road or they may be struck by some other vehicle on the road. If the accident was caused by the Uber (or another service) driver, then they may be liable for your injuries and property damage.Car Accidents in Palm City: Common Injuries
Car accidents leave their victims with serious injuries ranging from surface cuts and burns to internal bleeding and permanent physical and mental disabilities or even death. Common injuries caused by very serious car accidents include:
1. Neck and Back Injuries
Back injuries occur almost instantly due to the trauma of a car accident. They may range from a whiplash or a pulled muscle that may heal on its own over time or broken bones, altered posture, and disfigurement. Some of these injuries may require immediate surgery with a prolonged period of physical therapy. In some cases, the victim may face back problems for the rest of their life.
2. Traumatic Brain Injuries
Again, the trauma of a crash is enough to directly impact the brain. Shrapnel from the accident can pierce through the victim's skull, or the victim may experience blunt force trauma. Internal bleeding, concussions, skull fractures, or other brain injuries are a risk. Symptoms of these injuries include loss of vision or blurred vision, headaches, dizziness, fatigue, bleeding in the head, nose or ears, and so on.
3. Spinal Cord Injuries
The spine is one of the most important and most fragile parts of the human body. Injuries to the spinal cord, a herniated disc and other spine-related injuries can leave victims paralyzed from the waist down, can lead to bladder control problems, posture changes, and affect general motor skills. The road to recovery is often impossible or very long and expensive.
4. Broken & Fractured Bones
Fractures and broken bones are, in some ways, injuries that victims of car accidents have almost come to accept. Fractures or broken bones may occur in the wrists, legs, hips, and so on. In some cases, joint dislocation may also occur. Recovery may involve surgery or extensive bone grafting, which is pricey and painful.What Damages Can I Claim For After A Car Accident?
If you've been in a car accident, you may have suffered from physical and mental injuries or even property damage. If that is the case, you can pursue a number of claims against the party at-fault including:
1. Past and future medical bills
Victims of car accidents suffer from a variety of wounds and internal injuries. These injuries often incur significant medical bills. This includes emergency care, tests such as X-rays and MRIs, surgical operations, medical prescriptions, doctor visits and physical therapy. For many victims, affording such bills is impossible. This also includes long term medical care for victims with permanent injuries like wheelchairs, ramps, at-home nursing, and more.
2. Lost wages and/or benefits and Reduced earning potential
While victims are recovering from their injuries, oftentimes they will not be able to resume their job (if they were previously employed). In some cases, the victims may even be fired, or they may sustain injuries such as loss of cognitive function or partial paralysis that makes them unemployable or only able to work jobs at a significantly lower pay scale. The court will look at your past and present earnings when deciding your rightful compensation.
3. Pain and suffering
Apart from physical injuries, car accidents leave victims with mental trauma such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Dealing with the stress of growing medical expenses, physical injuries, and reduced quality of life, such as loss of consortium with their spouses, all add to the pain and suffering. Victims may find themselves unable to perform daily activities they enjoyed before the accident. They may even find it difficult to perform simple functions like using the bathroom on their own.
4. Vehicle or property damage
Apart from physical and mental injuries, victims also suffer from vehicle and property damage. Property damage refers to any items in the victim's vehicle or on their person that are of significant monetary value. Vehicle damage may include a vehicle that was declared a total loss or a vehicle that requires major repairs.What to Do after A Car Accident
Being in a car accident is highly traumatic, and on the spur of the moment, you may not know how to react. At times, victims may even refuse medical care if they fear that they can't afford it. From here on, we'll look at some key steps you may choose to follow:
At the Scene of the Crash
If you have been in a car crash, do not leave the scene of the accident, even if you have been injured. Call 911 immediately - Martin County Police Department. Wait for them to leave the scene of the accident before leaving. Be sure to get a copy of the Drivers Exchange of Information or the Traffic Crash Report.
If you have sustained any injuries, the emergency paramedics will tend to your wounds. If your injuries are more severe, you may be taken to the local hospital's emergency room to receive treatment.
Make sure that you take plenty of photos and videos of the accident scene, including the vehicles involved, road signals, traffic signs, sidewalks, road conditions, and any construction sites nearby, surveillance cameras, etc.
If there were any witnesses to this unfortunate incident, collect their contact information, and obtain recorded statements of what they observed.
After the Crash
Make sure to undergo a complete medical examination. You can go to a local hospital, urgent care clinic or your own qualified medical doctor. As you are leaving, collect all your medical records, including bills, prescriptions, emergency care papers, and more.
Contact a personal injury attorney who has experience in handling car and auto accident claims. At Frankl Kominsky Injury Lawyers, we will offer guidance as to your legal options and help you pursue the compensation that is due to you .
If you are contacted by an insurance agency on behalf of the responsible party, do not settle your claim and avoid giving any recorded statements. Consult your personal injury attorney before taking any further action.Statutes of Limitations in Florida Car Accidents
The Florida Statute of Limitations will help you determine the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit for personal and property damage. If you have suffered personal injuries and/or property damage, consider the timelines mentioned below:
- Victims have a 4 year period from the date of the accident to file a claim for property damage.
- Victims have a 4 year period from the date accident to file a claim for personal injuries.
- Families of victims who lose their loved ones in a car accident have 2 years from the date of death to file a wrongful death suit.
Failure to meet this deadline will likely result in the court dismissing your lawsuit. For any questions and further guidance, contact an experienced Florida personal injury attorney.How Frankl Kominsky Can Try To Help Your Car Accident Claim
Filing a claim for damages against the party at fault may be a grueling process. It involves collecting medical evidence, witness statements, and clear, concrete proof that will support your claims. A personal injury lawyer can try to help you through the following steps:
Establishing a Claim
You and your attorney will collect concrete proof and documentation for your case, such as:
- Witness statements, as well as finding witnesses willing to give their testimony in court.
- Handling all communications with the at-fault party's insurance company.
- Gathering photographic and video evidence from the scene of the accident, including accessing footage if there were any surveillance cameras in the vicinity.
- Contacting expert accident reconstructionists if necessary
- Collecting medical bills, records, and files pertaining to emergency care, surgery, tests, prescriptions, and more. This includes at-home medical services, and future projections of medical costs such as physiotherapy, home alterations for permanently injured victims, and rehabilitation.
- Collecting documentation of loss wages and/or loss of earning ability in the future
We will manage all communications and negotiations with the at-fault party’s insurance company and attorneys. We will try to settle your case, in your favor, without getting to court. If necessary, we will proceed with filing a lawsuit and litigation.Free Consultation with Our Injury Lawyers
At Frankl Kominsky Injury Lawyers, we have a team of expert personal injury attorneys with over 40 years of legal experience in handling various personal injury claims. We have recovered millions in settlements, and our clients are always our first priority. If you have suffered in a car accident, you can come see us for a free consultation without any charges or conditions so that we can discuss your case and your legal options.
Let us help get you the rightful compensation you deserve for your injuries and help you start your new life.
Reach out to us at 772-800-8000 or contact us through our website.
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Car accidents are among the top causes of death, injury, and emergency room visits in the United States. They affect the lives of millions and may even cause you to lose someone you love. If you or someone close to you has suffered in such a way due to a fatal car accident, don't stay silent. Pursue a claim for damages against the liable party so that you can receive your rightful compensation for mental and physical suffering and growing debts and fight for the chance to live your life anew.